Tips and advice before you build a new deck
Are you considering installing a new deck? While adding a deck does add value to your home, most real estate experts don’t recommend installing one for that reason alone. The most important reason for building a deck is simply because you and your family will enjoy it.
Some of the most popular reasons homeowners choose to add a deck include the following:
Added living space: For a small house, a deck is less expensive to install when compared to a new addition. Of course, climate influences how much time the deck can be used. However, even in colder parts of the country, awnings and pellet stoves can make a deck usable almost year round.
Frequent entertaining: For families with an active social calendar, adding a deck makes perfect sense. It decreases wear and tear on carpet and wood floors inside the home, and allows guests to interact in a more relaxed setting. Decks are also great additions for homes with pools.
Love of nature: Getting closer to nature is always popular. Decks added to rural homes give a safe place to enjoy the surrounding woods and wildlife, while decks added to suburban or even urban homes offer homeowners an attractive getaway from the stress of city living.
For many homeowners, cost is the most important consideration when it comes to building or repairing a deck. This is why choosing the right material is so important. Thankfully, there are more choices than ever before.
Traditional Wood Decks
When many people think of decks, they often think of traditional wood decks. Though there are several different kinds of wood used, the most popular are pressure-treated pine, cedar and redwood.
Pine that’s been pressure-treated is the least expensive. However, it also tends to be the most versatile. Some folks frown on pine because of its tendency to develop uneven color, while others prefer its more ‘au natural’ look.
Cedar is a beautifully textured wood that, while never pressure treated, does resist rot and insects. Many homeowners choose cedar because of its beautiful grain and wonderful, if faint, aroma.
Redwood is popular for rustic homes because of its rich, gorgeous color. Like cedar, it is resistant to moisture and insects with the proper maintenance.
Wood decks do require yearly maintenance to prevent deterioration from sun and moisture. Power washing followed by staining and sealing will keep a wood deck in good condition for years. They should also be checked for loose boards and nails on a regular basis, and any wood that has moisture damage should be replaced.
Composite decking is made of recycled wood and plastic. The minimal maintenance required has made it a popular choice for decks large and small. When it first came on the market, some homeowners shied away from it because it tended to fade quickly and could harbor mold. The industry has improved in recent years and now offers composite decks that can withstand the assault of sunlight and seasonal changes. For some homeowners, however, the downside to composite decking is its cost. Prices vary of course, but composite decking can easily run two to four times more than regular wood decking.
Composite decks do require some maintenance. They should be swept clean on a regular basis and washed with soap and water at least one time per year.
Decks Add Enjoyment
Whether you decide to DIY or hire a professional contractor, adding a deck to your home can bring you and your family years of peaceful enjoyment.